Hypnosia - _Extreme Hatred_
(Hammerheart, 2000)
by: David Rocher (7 out of 10)
With the wake and wreckage of the definitely unmemorable black thrash tidal still washing tepidly over a blase extreme metal scene's shores, the young Hypnosia's musical orientation is definitely leading them to tread dangerous swamps. And indeed, as the album's eponymous opener track kicks in, Hypnosia's interpretation of thrash just doesn't seem to actually stand clear enough from the rather undynamic black metal guitar technique and screeching vocals, but nonetheless displays some great, catchy ideas and musicianship -- however, by the time track three, "The Last Remains", is unleashed, Hypnosia's passionate sentiments for the thrash metal genre are revealed very uncompromisingly. Indeed, with "slight hints" (in the same way that Luciferion occasionally "hint" at Morbid Angel, admittedly) at formerly glorious masters such as Kreator, the wasted Sepultura, the deceased Metallica or the long lost Slayer, _Extreme Hatred_ cuts, gashes and lacerates its way through ten inflamed tracks of fierce, powerful and catchy blackened thrash. Boasting the clear, ample and powerful sound to match, this album is a very promising first slash at the listeners, and successfully enough clears great distance from the rather boring "classic" black thrash which metalheads have had more than their fair chance to be plagued with these past few years.

(article published 20/11/2000)


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